Kaushambi in Uttar Pradesh, India attracts a lot of pilgrims, heritage enthusiasts and pilgrims to this antique Buddhist land. The recent excavations undertaken in this district reiterated its quaint Buddhist connection right from the time of Lord Buddha. This site served as the foundation for ncient Buddhist monastery, namely Ghositarama. This monastery was built by a banker and royal treasurer of Kaushambi, Ghosita during sixth century BC.
Lord Buddha himself visited this glorious kingdom on the invitation of King Udayana several times and even stayed in this monastery. Also, he spent his sixth and ninth year post enlightenment here and discoursed important preaching and sermons. Various incidents related to Buddha and his visit to this monastery is mentioned in this Tripitakas or Buddhist scriptures. This ancient connection makes Kaushambi tour worth a visit for every Buddhist pilgrim.
Presently, the excavated ruins reiterate the presence of the monastery that flourished in Kaushambi. The Buddhist ruins here comprise old forts, stupas and sculptures.
The city also finds important mention in the travelogues of Fa-Hien, the Chinese traveller in quest of tracing Buddhist roots.
Tourism Attractions in Kaushambi
Sheetla Temple is devoted to the namesake goddess associated with power and the worshipping this Hindu deity is said to impart strength to the devotees. Located by the River Ganges, this temple is a famous Shaktipeeth revered by the Hindu Devotees. Nearby the temple are the ruins of Hindu King Jai Chand’s fortress.
Prabhosha or Prabhashgiri is renowned as the sacred Hindu site where Lord Krishna spent his last days on earth and here only he died of an arrow. This town is also revered among Jains for the presence of Bhagwan Padma Prabhu temple, who was the sixth Jain Tirthankar. The ancient caves here trace the ancient links of the site with the presence of caves inscribed in Brahmi script.
60 km west of Kaushambi Tour is Allahabad, the city of many dimensions. This city holds reverence amongst Hindus as the Sangam, the confluence of three rivers - Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati. Also, this place hosts the world’s largest public gathering event featuring a religious fair during Kumbha Mela, held once in every 12 years. The next Kumbha Mela is scheduled for 2025.
People from all over the world flock to the place to seek divinity and freeedom from the sins and the place is seen to be busy of "Yagyas" and "Pujas" and "Daan-Dakshina" round the year.
The sacred city of Varanasi is renowned for its ancient culture and spiritual rituals centered on the famous riverfronts along River Ganges or Ghats. Besides this, the city also hosts forts, palaces, temples and terraces. The main attraction of the city’s visit according to the Buddhist devotee is Sarnath, the important Buddhist pilgrimage site known as the site of Lord Buddha’s first sermon.
Marked by the presence of two stupas, namely Dhamekha and Chaukhandi, this site is revered among every Buddhist follower as the site of turning the wheel of law.
How to reach in Kaushambi :
There is an airport in the Allahabad region, called Bamrauli. However this could be a hectic journey. Better option could be the Varanasi airport.
Allahabad is a well-linked station in U.P railway map. There is no railhead at Kaushambi, probably due to sustenance of Buses.
Regular buses run to Kaushambi from Allahabad. This is the most reliable source of travel; however, private taxis are also available.